For many women, abnormal vaginal bleeding is associated with birth control use or the transition into menopause. But for some, it has a more severe cause that requires treatment. At Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG diagnose and treat abnormal bleeding quickly and effectively so it won’t interrupt your life anymore. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Millions of women experience vaginal bleeding not related to their regular menstrual cycle. Signs that vaginal bleeding may indicate another underlying medical issue include:
Women with any of these symptoms should schedule an appointment with their OB/GYN.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding has many possible causes. To help Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy determine what’s causing your bleeding, record your symptoms throughout the month, including when your period begins and ends, and how light or heavy your bleeding is.
Some causes of vaginal bleeding include:
Abnormal vaginal bleeding can also indicate pregnancy complications or some cancers which is why you should see a doctor anytime you experience unexpected spotting or bleeding.
Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy use a health assessment, physical exam, and diagnostic tests to uncover the cause of abnormal bleeding. They may use an MRI, ultrasound, or a CT scan to get a better view of your pelvic organs.
Another imaging test called a hysteroscopy is especially useful for diagnosing the cause of uterine bleeding. During a hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, telescope-like device into the vagina to look inside the uterus for growths or other abnormalities.
Once your doctor determines the cause of your abnormal bleeding, treatment may involve:
Several types of medication work in different ways to reduce or stop abnormal vaginal bleeding. Some medications regulate the menstrual cycle, eliminating spotting between periods. Others stop the menstrual cycle altogether, reduce the size of fibroids, or treat infections that cause bleeding.
For some women, surgery stops vaginal bleeding. When fibroids are the issue, your doctor can perform surgery to stop blood flow to the fibroids or remove them.
Endometrial ablation destroys the uterine lining to reduce or stop the bleeding altogether. In some cases, a hysterectomy is medically necessary to stop abnormal uterine bleeding.
Make sure to tell your doctor your wishes about having any(more) children. This may affect your medical choices.
At Central Oregon OB/GYN, Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand want you to know that noninvasive treatments can quickly and safely resolve vaginal bleeding. The first step is figuring out what’s causing your bleeding. To schedule your comprehensive exam, call today.